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Saturday class on common fiction problems

SIX SLIPPERY SINS: A workshop on common misunderstandings in writing fiction.

There’s still room at my Saturday class on standard writing advice that can derail or water-down our fiction. We’ll take a deeper dive into some fiction maxims and distill what’s helpful, what’s not. 9:30 to 11:00. Details here: https://bit.ly/3tvOI8H (scholarships available!)

This workshop is courtesy of The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers and is hosted by the ever-entertaining Cat Rambo!

 

 

Two fiction classes comin’ up

I’m giving two live online workshops this fall! I’ve found that webinars are fun and can get us re-engaged with our writing. (To hear about all my online teaching–and other cool stuff–you can join my newsletter.)

 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS CONFERENCE

Six Slippery Sins: Good advice that goes astray

Often what we think we know just isn’t true. “Common knowledge” about fiction can deaden our stories, including time-honored advice like start fast and get to the point in dialogue. We’ll take a fresh look at “vivid” descriptions, and how “showing” sadness can end up distancing a reader by “telling.” For writers at all levels, this class examines the deeper truths suggested by, or obscured by, fiction maxims.

Saturday, September 26 (Time to be announced.)

Click HERE to register for the PNWA Conference, one day or several.

(More class details to be posted soon on the PNWA website.)

 

WRITE ON THE SOUND CONFERENCE

Move Along, Folks: Pacing the novel

One agent who gets 10,000 pitches a month says that 95% of rejected manuscripts are paced too slowly. We can fix this! This pacing workshop is for beginning and intermediate-level novelists and exposes classic pacing mistakes, large and small. We’ll identify the dramatic underpinnings that give horsepower to a story’s unfolding and their use in structure and scene. We’ll also come away with on-the-page tools that can keep the wind in your story’s sails.

Saturday, October 3, 4:15 – 3:30

Click HERE to register for the Write on the Sound Conference, one day or several.

This Sunday: My plotting workshop

Class will be on Sunday, not Saturday.

Join me this Sunday for a 2-hour workshop on plotting the novel!

Mapping the Labyrinth at the Rambo Academy of Wayward Writers

Mapping the Labyrinth: Plotting Your Novel So Stuff Happens with Kay KenyonOn-line class: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time

How do you develop a novel’s plot? Is it luck, or trial and error, or are there classic approaches to achieve your best story? Learn how to use structural principals to take your character on a transformative journey inspired by great plotting. Become fluent in turning points, those fork-in-the-road hinges that catapult your story in a dramatic rising action. Concept, subplots, conflict–we’ve got ’em covered. Let’s map our way out of the maze and conquer the art of plotting.

More information: https://bit.ly/3fcfCvU


 

Cost is $99 ($79 for Patreon supporters and former students, which includes classes/workshops at the Cat Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers.) Cat is offering a few scholarships: For information on applying, click here.

To register for this class, send an email to Cat Rambo with the following details:

  • The email address that you use for Google stuff
  • The name of the class: “Mapping the Labyrinth” with Kay Kenyon
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, or some other means.

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

I hope to see you on Sunday, August 2nd!

My April & May Webinars

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I’m doing two webinars in next three weeks. They’re one hour long, and free to Write on the River members. BUT membership is only $35/year for this worthy writing organization, so even if you only participate in these two classes, it ends up costing you only $17.50 apiece. And there will likely be more webinar events from WOTR thru the spring, which will end up being free to you as a WOTR member. Hope to see you on-line for some fun classes!

Let’s meet on Zoom!

Saturday, April 18, 10:00-11:15 AM – Developing a Powerful Plot 

I’ll provide insights into plot and character starting with suggested questions to ask of an initial novel concept, questions that can lead us to a more nuanced, layered story. We’ll consider how the major character can help deepen the plot and how a convincing story arc can shine a light on what happens next.

Saturday, May 2, 10:00-11:15 AM – Pacing in the Novel Read More…

Nest of the Monarch in paper

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In trade paper January 14. Also in eBook & hardcover.

A top ten fantasy read of 2019. —Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

“Riveting.” — Publishers Weekly


Trade paper edition arrives on Tuesday January 14.

Berlin, 1936. Winter and fascism descend on Europe. Kim Tavistock has put her life at risk before . . . this time it’s her very soul.

A few questions come to mind: Why does Kim’s Berlin station handler say “Everyone has their limits”?

Can a British spy trust the British Intelligence Service? Can she even trust herself?

Is the man she’s living with going to help her or kill her?

What’s it like to be both less than human and more than human at the same time?

Who’s the last person Kim could ever expect to meet on Christmas eve among monsters?

Find Nest of the Monarch at these fine retailers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo